Welcome to House of Light, a blog produced and managed by the staff of Casa de la Luz Hospice. Casa de la Luz ("house of light" in Spanish) is a locally owned and operated hospice, serving the city and surrounding communities of Tucson, Arizona. Through this blog, we hope to offer education, information, and support about caregiving and hospice care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit the contact us page.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Five: Inspiring Life Stories

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to smart articles and helpful resources across the Web.

1. We believe hospice care offers individuals with a life-limiting illness, and their families, a more dignified way to approach death. Hospice nurses offer education about the dying process, comfort, care, and support. And, in this article, "Dallas hospice nurse with cancer offers comfort," we're touched by the empathy this nurse provides to hospice patients. We love a good, inspiring story, and we think this is one of those stories.

2. In our Twitter feed this week was a link to this article on the AARP blog from Laura Hahn, the blogger behind Arthur & Bernie. We know that as the end of life nears, many of us become a little more reflective, thinking about past events and what we might have learned. That's exactly what Laura is expressing in her "50 Life Lessons My Pop-Pop Taught Me-Part 1," and the list is funny, inspiring, and a lovely tribute.

3. Often, in our posts on this blog, we talk about planning ahead and the things you should do "just in case." These things are most often related to organizing important documents, filling out your advance directive, naming a healthcare power of attorney. And, these are all important things to do. They are gifts to your loved ones in the event of something happening to you. But, this Forbes article, "Six Things To Do Before You Die" is a nice piece that touches on more than just the estate planning of dying. We love her reminders that you should live your life, accomplish your goals, love your friends and families.

4. In thinking about life lessons and things to do before you do, I found Alice's Bucket List, a blog by a 16-year-old girl named Alice with cancer. She's trying to accomplish her bucket list and fighting a four-year battle with cancer. Hopefully you'll be as impressed as we were by how many items she's already crossed off her list.

5. We hope the more information we can offer you about hospice care, the more you'll support this philosophy of end of life care. The Hospice Action Network launched a new Legislative Action Center that offers information and tools for individuals to easily learn about what's happening in hospice from a policy perspective and to show your support for your hospice care by contacting our lawmakers.

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